Moxie marlinspike has resigned as CEO of Signal secure messaging app.
Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, will be the interim CEO.
Signal is a hugely popular encrypted messaging system.
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Signal messaging app’s founder and CEO, Moxie Marlinspike, is stepping down, he said in a blog post on Monday.
“It’s a new year, and I’ve decided it’s a good time to replace myself as the CEO of Signal,” said Marlinspike, whose real name is Matthew Rosenfeld.
Signal’s encrypted messaging service has been hugely popular since its launch in 2015.
Rosenfeld wrote that Signal technology was built for people rather than for their data and that people are finding more value in it and are willing to sustain it.
“Everyday, Signal’s potential is astounding to me, and I want to bring someone with new energy and dedication to make it a success,” he said.
Rosenfeld stated that he will continue to serve on Signal’s board, and will look for a new CEO. However, Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp will be the interim CEO.
Acton founded WhatsApp back in 2009. In 2009, Acton founded WhatsApp. In 2014, Facebook bought the messaging service. Acton resigned as WhatsApp’s founder in 2017.